Monday, October 09, 2006

Christian Yaccarini & Iber Management doing what's good for the city.


Mary Lamey writes an article from Friday's Gazette about how the city is taking the land and a building from its owners, giving them $1.9 million in exchange and then give it over to Christian Yaccarini. Mr. Yaccarini then requires another $9 million dollars (assumed to be coming from various levels of government, because he already has $11 million in private financing) so that he can build 'a box office selling tickets for a wide variety of shows, gallery space, a bistro, the Maison de l'image et de la photographie as well as office, meeting and multimedia rooms for arts groups'

Right next door, is Club Soda, which has a ticket office. Just down the street are Vox and SAT, both of which are gallery spaces. Across the street is the Theatre Nationale which along with SAT have bistros, the aforementioned Vox (and SAT to a certain extent as well) are the equivalents of Maison de l'image et de la photographies. But I gotta hand it to Mr. Yaccarini, he can really identify a niche that needs to be filled - there is no office space two blocks of where he plans to build his eight storey building. Dollars to doughnuts, as the project evolves, it suddenly has condos or a boutique hotel grafted on (how else could you explain the need for 'meeting rooms?'

Speaking of condos and art, slightly further down the article Ms. Lamey writes about how 'Iber Management, a hotel operator, plans to build twin residential towers over the Place des Arts metro station at the corner of de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Bleury St.' I think that makes eight condo projects on de Bleury in between de Maisonneuve and Viger.

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